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Turn on The Bright Lights: 10th Anniversary Edition (2xCD+DVD) Original recording remastered

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Turn On The Bright Lights is now fully remastered in a beautiful deluxe hardbound book with unreleased photos and a second disc of bonus tracks, many unreleased, plus the demos and B-sides and a DVD.

Packaging includes super-deluxe hardbound book, with 28 pages of photos, ephemera & liner notes. Also included are 17 bonus tracks, many never before on vinyl, including one previously unreleased song, four previously unreleased demos, eight B-sides and pre-album EP tracks, four peel session tracks (two unreleased) and a DVD with all three music videos and bonus live footage from May 2000 at The Mercury Lounge and September 2002 at the Troubadour.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Untitled
  2. Obstacle 1
  3. NYC
  4. PDA
  5. Say Hello To The Angels
  6. Hands Away
  7. Obstacle 2
  8. Stella Was A Diver And She Was Always Down
  9. Roland
  10. The New
  11. Leif Erikson

Disc: 2

  1. Interlude (B-Side)
  2. Specialist (B-Side)
  3. PDA (First Demo)
  4. Roland (First Demo)
  5. Get The Girls/Song 5 (First Demo)
  6. Precipitate (Second Demo)
  7. Song Seven (Second Demo)
  8. A Time To Be So Small (Second Demo)
  9. Untitled (Third Demo)
  10. Stella (Third Demo)
  11. NYC (Third Demo)
  12. Leif Erikson (Third Demo)
  13. Gavilan/Cubed (Third Demo)
  14. Obstacle 2 (Peel Session)
  15. Hands Away (Peel Session)
  16. The New (Peel Session)
  17. NYC (Peel Session)

Disc: 3

  1. Stella Was A Diver And She Was Always Down (Live NYC NY 5.20.00)
  2. Precipitate (Live NYC NY 5.20.00)
  3. Get The Girls/Song 5 (Live NYC NY 5.20.00)
  4. Untitled (Live LA CA 9.19.02)
  5. Obstacle 1 (Live LA CA 9.19.02)
  6. Precipitate (Live LA CA 9.19.02)
  7. Roland (Live LA CA 9.19.02)
  8. Stella Was A Diver And She Was Always Down (Live LA CA 9.19.02)
  9. NYC (Music Video)
  10. PDA (Music Video)
  11. Obstacle 1 (Music Video)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 11, 2012)
  • 10th Anniversary ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Matador Records
  • ASIN: B009INAKM8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (571 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,680 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Christopher S. Thompson on April 5, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I bought this album because people told me it sounded just like Joy Division, who are my all-time favorite band. Well, somebody has to say this and it's going to be me- Interpol don't really sound much like Joy Division, and all the reviewers who say otherwise are just demonstrating that they've never really listened all that closely to either band. Yes, Interpol are a dark post-punk band, but the similarity really ends there. Interpol songs are not built around the bass line like Joy Division songs, they aren't nearly as manic-sounding, and the tone of Interpol's music tends to be moody and reflective whereas the tone of Joy Division is coldly futuristic and impersonal. However, Turn on the Bright Lights is a brilliant album in its own right, with some of the best songwriting I've heard in a long time, and songs that grow on you more and more till you hardly want to hear anything else. Of course Interpol have their influences like any band does, and one of those influences might be Joy Division. But they don't really need to be compared to anyone. They shine on their own.
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This debut is quite extraordinary (perhaps as impactful as U2 'Boy'). The songs are elegant and complex of craft, with bright, spacious quitars reminiscent of Frank Black of the Pixies. The bass and drum duo often propel the beat with a Gang of Four style funkiness, all underneath the often commented comparison to Ian Curtis (Joy Division)vocals. Tracks 'Obstacle 1', 'Stella' and 'The New' rank with the best of U2 in their day, while 'Untitled' and 'Hands Away' are on par with RadioHead circa 'Kid A'. The wonderful CD closer'Leif Erikson' could have been a lost track from Joy Division. If you liked the Pixies, Gang of Four, Smiths, Furs etc buy this CD. Album of the year? Maybe, not a bad track on it. A band to watch. (Saw them live in NYC and every bit as tight and shimmering as on CD)
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Interpol has thrown in a fantastic debut this year, really catching this listner off-guard. I had already pegged The Doves or David Holmes as my favorites of the year, but then along comes this wonderful thing.

Like the Strokes did last year, Interpol has dug up some much needed gritty influence of the past. Where the Strokes was a lighter pop affair, Interpol has gone right into the alleys and seedy clubs of both Manchester England and NYC. The record takes on a lot from Joy Division, Talking Heads and even Television. But it's the spooky quality of Joy Division that's adds some drama and beauty to the dark landscape within. Interpol draws from the past but keeps things sounding new and fresh. Songs like Untitled and NYC are as impressive as any I've heard this year. Like the Manchester music of the late 70's and early 80's, Interpol trys in vein to break out of their grime-laden roots. The result is an honest and soulful exchange delivered with art-ful passion. Matador have once again expanded their library and stumbled upon some truely great rock-n-roll. Turn on your ears to this great disc!
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If you've ever wondered whether you'll be around for the appearance of another truly great band that transcends the ordinary of pop music by delivering the raw emotions few others can, take a listen to Turn on the Bright Lights. Untitled and Obstacle 1 introduce the listener to the atmosphere being painted by Interpol, with blurry guitars and dark distant vocals, while driving bass and punchy drumming keep your heart pounding. Screams of "stabbing yourself in the neck" echo in your ears. The peak of this album is reached early, with NYC and PDA. NYC is sad and cathartic as it walks the streets and subways of New York, while PDA plucks at the nerves like a violin from many drunken nights of desperation. Stella is a later highlight, with richly layered guitars and again the dank echoey vocals inviting you into her story.
Interpol's debut reaches the greatness of such icons as Joy Division and Nirvana. Like Unknown Pleasures or Nevermind, the album holds up to repeated listenings, and begs for more. But just like Nirvana or Joy Division, the pressure will be on to see whether these guys can deliver on their promise, or whether they will implode under the expectations.
Who cares if this is a commercial hit? It might be better if it is not. If you've had your eyes out for something different and a cut above, where the emotions feel real, your wait is over.
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If you rely on the reviews to decide whether or not to give Interpol a chance you'll wind up thinking that this might be yet another copycat effort in an otherwise dry and uninspired current rock scene.
So is this true then? Do Interpol sound like the Psychedelic Furs or the Joy Division or the Smiths, etc. etc. etc? Hmm, well, in all honesty, when i first heard the album i thought i heard tens of hints and references to several legendary bands of the 80s. Nevertheless, i couldn't come up with a direct comparison. Yes, Interpol combine many elements from the aforementioned bands while at the same time standing their ground with more than enough decency (that IS possible, you know)..
But, it would be unfair to compare these New Yorkers with the Strokes (the Strokes?? please..) or any of these "new" post 80s-postpunk-post whatever-post me a postcard bands. Why? Well, cuzz Interpol are simply better than that lot and because they emit a lot more pathos and involvement in their music. Sound good enough so far?
At their most capturing Interpol are best at their darkest. And dark they are mostly throughout as they narrate everyday stories which are paradoxically rare for the everyman.
Obviously they aren't rediscovering the moon but lets be fair here. There's a reason why the rock scene is stagnant these days and that reason is that it has become damn hard to sound original any more, if not impossible. On that term, this album is one of truly wonderful quality. And, lets face it, what are your choices if you wanna hear straight-out emotional, angsty and intriguing guitars? Limp Bizkit? I didn't think so either...
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